We’re counting down the 40 days to NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary Muse Awards with a look at some of our favorite honorees, all women of vision and achievement who have contributed to the film and television industry. Join us as we look back at #Muse40for40, and buy your tickets for the Muse Awards on Tuesday, December 10th at nywift.org/muse!
#13: Ellen Burstyn
By Kathryn O’Kane
Actor Ellen Burstyn is known for her work in a number of movies and television shows including Requiem for a Dream, The Exorcist, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Last Picture Show, Law & Order: SVU, Political Animals, Resurrection, The Age of Adaline, House of Cards and many others. She is one of the few actresses with the Triple Crown of Acting after winning multiple Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award. In addition, she has won a Golden Globe and countless other awards for notable performances throughout her career. Burstyn was the first female president of the Actor’s Equity Association in the early 1980s and has been co-president of The Actor’s Studio for eighteen years.
“It used to be the man always had the last word. That’s changing. It ain’t fair the way it was and we will only benefit from equality.” – Ellen Burstyn at the 2018 Muse Awards
Actress, food and travel writer, cookbook author, and television personality Madhur Jaffrey began her illustrious career in Delhi, India, where she performed in school Shakespeare plays and dramas on All India Radio, eventually appearing in acclaimed theatrical productions on the Indian stage.READ MORE